Holland heritage to be celebrated

Cedar Grove fest featuring olie bollen and wooden shoes kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday

Called Wisconsin’s friendliest festival, the 71st annual Holland Festival runs from Friday to Sunday in Cedar Grove.

Wooden shoe making and dancers, music, a parade, art and car show, children’s activities and ethnic food are some of the highlights.

Among the delectibles are worstebroodjes (pigs in the blanket) and olie bollen (fried donut holes coated with sugar, available with raisins).

Parking is available at six places in the area, and the main park festivities are handicapped accessible.

The fest’s website is hollandfest.com.

The event schedule is:

Friday, July 27

The festival opens at 3 p.m. when the street scrubbers prepare Van Altena Avenue for the Klompen Dancers. The wooden shoe races follow.

A raffle will be held throughout the day with winners drawn each hour.

A book sale at the Cedar Grove Public Library will be held from 2 to 5 p.m.

From 3 to 5:30 p.m., Luke Traver the Klompenhouwer will hand carve wooden shoes. Proceeds go to a scholarship fund.

From 3 to 7:30 p.m., the children’s tent will be open with activities and entertainment, including bingo with prizes.

From 4 to 4:45 p.m., Barely Balanced, a three-member comedy and acrobatics act will perform a family friendly show.

From 5 to 7 p.m., Flip Flop Dave will perform beach music of Jimmy Buffet and others.

From 7 to 9:15 p.m., Brewtown Beat will play a mix of reggae, modern pop and rock with a full horn section.

At 9:15 p.m., the raffle drawing for the grand prize will be held. Winners do not need to be present.

Saturday, July 28

From 8 a.m. to 4 pm., a car, motorcycle and tractor show will be held on the lawn behind the library.

At 8:30 a.m., the 2-mile run/walk and 10-kilometer run starts at Independence Park.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., an art fair will be held with 50 crafters from across the Midwest.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m., free trolley rides will provide a tour of Cedar Grove.

The book sale at the library runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At 10 a.m., the Klompen Dancers perform on stage.

Traver will hand carve wooden shoes from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

At 1 p.m., street scrubbing, klompen dancing and the annual parade will be held. The parade starts on Main Street just north of Willow Avenue, travels south and turns west on Wisconsin Avenue, then north on Second Street, ending north of Union Avenue.

After the parade, the Jubal Drump and Bugle Corps from the Netherlands will perform.

The children’s tent and bingo will be open from 3 to 7:30 p.m.

Carnival games and rides will be available from 4 to 8 p.m.

From 5 to 5:30 p.m., the founding families that helped shape the area will be honored.

From 5:30 to 7 p.m., singer/songwriter Ethan Keller will perform folk, blues, rock, funk, jazz and hip-hop music.

From 7 to 9:15 p.m., the seven-piece Depot Express Band will perform.

At 9:15 p.m., the grand prize raffle drawing will be held.

Sunday, July 29

An evening worship service sponsored by the Cedar Grove Ministrial Association will be held at 6 p.m. in Memorial Park.



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